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Philip IV, King of Spain

Diego Velázquez1644-60

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

"Velázquez worked at the Spanish court in Madrid where he painted portraits of the royal family to hang in the palaces and be sent abroad as gifts. Demand for royal images was such that many of
these portraits were copied several times by other painters in Velázquez’s studio.

The Dulwich portrait of Philip IV is a version of an original of 1644, now in the Frick Collection, New York, which was painted by Velázquez in a makeshift studio in Catalonia while the King prepared for battle against the French. This version may have been painted by Juan Bautista del Mazo, Velázquez’s son-in-law. "

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  • Title: Philip IV, King of Spain
  • Date: 1644-60
  • Physical Dimensions: w978 x h1302 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: DPG249 is a copy of Velázquez's 'Fraga Philip' in the Frick Collection, New York, painted at Fraga during the Aragonese campaign against the French in 1644. The Dulwich picture has at various times been called Velázquez's original, an autograph replica, or a copy retouched by the artist. It is presumably a studio copy, possibly by Mazo (q.v.) as first suggested by Beruete. J.R. Buendia suggested an attribution to Sebastián Martinez (note on file, 1983).
  • Work Nationality: Spanish
  • Support: Canvas
  • Studio of: Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
  • Provenance: E. Bouchardon; his sale, Sep. 1762; Geneva, F. Tronchin, by 1765; his sale, Paris, 1801 (2 Germinal, an IX); London, Noel Desenfans, 1804-1807: 1804 Insurance List, no. 32; London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1807-1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Further Information: DPG249 is a copy of Velázquez's 'Fraga Philip' in the Frick Collection, New York, painted at Fraga during the Aragonese campaign against the French in 1644. The Dulwich picture has at various times been called Velázquez's original, an autograph replica, or a copy retouched by the artist. It is presumably a studio copy, possibly by Mazo.
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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